So this is how it happens: I agree to make a commissioned, kilnworked glass “bowl” to be gifted for the July birthday of someone special to the purchaser. And as it turns out I have JUST the ruby colored glass requested: in many small pieces! Since I have worked exclusively with System 96 (top of the line glass formulated specifically for kiln formed processes http://www.system96.com/), every piece is precious. So after turning over design options I decided to make a bowl/sculpture that represents gemstones for July: specifically rubies and moonstone. In combining a couple of different glass-cutting and kilnwork techniques I go from scrap to art with a big sigh of relief AND a new idea: The Birthstone Series. Fellow artisans and lovers of glass I present the 1st in the series:
This one measures 10″ in diameter and 4″ deep, and features iridescent glass. Here’s a close-up:
The circular bottom portion is coldworked for a satin finish and signed with permanent glass paint.
On to the remaining 11 months!